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Mum Left To Have Miscarriage On Trolley In Hospital Corridor

24/03/2011 15:53 | Updated 22 May 2015

miscarriage depressionA 29-year-old mum-of-four has told how she was left in a hospital corridor whilst she miscarried her baby.

Joanne Chiswell said the paramedics who brought her in 'begged' nurses for help as she bled profusely on a trolley at the Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield.

The devastated mum was left in pools of blood for FOUR hours, as her partner held a blanket around her in an attempt to give her some privacy from passers-by in the corridor.

Miss Chiswell was eleven weeks into her fifth pregnancy when she began to bleed on Christmas Eve. She was initially told by nurses to go home and let nature take its course, but was later rushed to hospital by ambulance when the bleeding and pain became severe.

She told the Daily Mail: 'I didn't realise what was going on through most of it. I collapsed at one stage. But after coming home and being told everything that happened to me, I feel very disgusted and ashamed. I bled through pregnancy before, but I knew this was different as I could feel contractions and I knew I was losing my baby.

'It was extremely painful and I was lapsing in and out of ­consciousness because they didn't give me any pain relief. At one point, the blood was gushing out of me. I've never seen so much blood in my life and it looked like someone had been stabbed. But they weren't monitoring how much blood I was losing.'

'I would not want to go through what I've been through again,' she added.

'I had to cremate my baby daughter on January 6.

'No mother should have to go through that, but my experience at the hospital has made it far worse.'

Her partner Darren Mahon, 36, a volunteer at the charity Mind, said: 'Joanne was going through one of the most traumatic moments of her life but had no privacy or dignity or care.

'She was losing so much blood that I thought I was going to lose Joanne as well as the baby.'

Miss Chiswell, who has four children - Liam, 10, Casey, seven, Jake, four, and Cody, one - is seeking compensation from the hospital, half of which she says she will donate to a miscarriage charity.

A hospital spokesman said the matter is being investigated.

'We aim to maintain the highest standards of care for all of our patients and we are very sorry that Miss Chiswell did not receive the best care possible,' she said.

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